Clipping:Andrew Johnson elected an honorary Mutual; played baseball as a young man; and a dissenting view

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Date Tuesday, August 27, 1867

The Mutuals held a special meeting at their rooms at Willard's Hotel [in Washington, D.C.] to-day, and elected President Johnson an honorary member of the club. They then visited the President's house, accompanied by a Committee of the Nationals, and held an interview with President Johnson. Coroner Wildey, of New-York, informed the President that the Mutual Club, of New-York, were now on a friendly visit to this city, and were the guests of the National club; that this morning they had unanimously elected him an honorary member of their club, and he was delegated to present him with the badge of membership.

The President replied that he was much pleased to accept the badge, and the honor of being a member of the club. He then attached the badge to the lapel of his coat. He held the game of base-ball to be a moral recreation. The game never attached any disgrace to the members. He had played the game when a young man, and was always delighted with it. He observed with pleasure the admitted fact that the game was now held as a national game. New York World August 27, 1867

On Monday-morning, before accepting of any civilities at the hands of the Nationals, the Mutuals held a special meeting at Willard’s Hotel, at which President Johnson was unanimously elected an honorary member of the club. After which such of them as felt light sight-seeing were taken in charge by the Reception-Committee of the National Club and escorted to the Capitol, Patent Office, Smithsonian Institute, Treasury, and the White House, where the entire party were received and presented to the President. The President of the Mutuals, Coroner Wildey, in a few appropriate remarks, informed the President of the action of the club in the morning and presented him with the badge of membership. The President, attaching the badge to his coat, made a few brief remarks, acknowledging and accepting the honor conferred upon him, paid a high eulogy to the American game of baseball, and signified his initention of being present at the contest about to take place. The Mutuals and their friends then returned to the hotel... New York Sunday Mercury September 1, 1867

The acting President of the United States is reported to have said to the Mutuals on Monday that he had played base ball when a young man, and was always delighted with it! If this man did make this remark, he must be a constitutional liar. Base ball was not known south of the Potomac until within five years. It is a New York game, and it is entirely different from the game known as “Base,” which was played in New York forty or fifty years since. We hope Mr. Johnson did not utter the lie attributed to him, but if he did, let him be impeached at once. If he were a player now, he would be found among the “Hired Men.” Philadelphia City Item August 31, 1867

the President makes an appearance

[Mutual vs. National of Washington 8/26/1867] While the sixth inning was being played President Johnson made his appearance, in his carriage, and having been elected as an honorary member of the Mutual Club, he wore their badge, which was bestowed on him at an interview had by members of that club with him during the day... He was escorted to a comfortable seat on the balcony of the club-house by a committee from the Nationals, where he remained until the close of the game. Washington Evening Star August 27, 1867

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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
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